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The cul-de-sac of causal thinking: a challenge to build non-causal theology

Show simple item record Du Toit, Cornel W 2013-06-28T06:50:28Z 2013-06-28T06:50:28Z 2013-05
dc.identifier.citation Du Toit, Cornel W. 2013, "The cul-de-sac of causal thinking: a challenge to build non-causal theology", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. 39, no. 1, pp.275-293. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.description.abstract The nascent theory of emergence is not only a plausible model for the course of natural and biological processes, but also of developments at an interpersonal and social level. In order to apply it to theology, I propose a non-causal approach to the discipline. In this article non-causal presupposes a non-linear, non-deterministic causality. Brief excerpts from the classical view of causality highlight the problems it entails. The quantification of reality following the rise of statistical science introduced all the elements that were to feature in the eventual theory of emergence: chance, probability, chaos, multiplicity (which nonetheless translated into regularity, and the notion of normativity associated with the mean and the dispersion of variables around it. The control principle is criticised, and preference is given to the concepts of freedom and spontaneity. The article concludes with some applications of a non-causal theology. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (10 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.subject Causal thinking en
dc.subject Natural and biological processes en
dc.subject non- causal theology en
dc.subject God en
dc.subject.lcsh Human body -- Religious aspects -- Theology en
dc.subject.lcsh Human body in the Bible en
dc.subject.lcsh Providence and government of God -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy of mind en
dc.subject.lcsh Naturalism en
dc.subject.lcsh Theism en
dc.title The cul-de-sac of causal thinking: a challenge to build non-causal theology en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Research Institute for Theology and Religion en

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